PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 March 2019 Isabelle Kirk How well are hospitals coping with winter pressures? Picture: Radar Archant How well is the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust coping with winter pressures? NHS England publishes weekly reports which reveal whether hospital trusts are struggling to manage during the colder months, based on key indicators.This is how Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust, which includes the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and 26 community hospitals across the Devon, coped from February 25 to March 3.Bed Occupancy:General and acute wards at the trust were 89.8 per cent full on average, above the safe limit of 85 per cent recommended by health experts. The occupancy rate has remained mostly unchanged since the previous week.British Medical Association (BMA) guidelines state ‘to ensure safe patient care, occupancy should ideally not exceed 85 per cent’. The BMA also raised concerns about the number of available beds needed to … [Read more...] about Revealed: Are Devon hospitals coping with winter pressures?
An eight-year-old brain tumour survivor is to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital to thank staff there for the care he received. Charlie’s brain tumour was discovered when he was four-years-old after his mum, Nicole Hirst, aged 28, noticed he was becoming more tired and walking into things.The family, of Stocksbridge, were referred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for an eye test which quickly led to an emergency CT scan when it was discovered there was intense pressure being put on his optic nerves.Nicola said: “The doctors told us that the tumour was acting like a plug in his brain and the fluid was building up around it, they said he was close to going into a fatal coma.“We were almost relieved that there was something to explain what was happening but I was terrified that we might lose him.”Charlie was admitted on to a ward at the hospital the same day before undergoing surgery to have a shunt fitted to drain the … [Read more...] about Charlie, aged eight, to raise funds for Sheffield hospital which ‘mended him’ following brain tumour diagnosis
A boy has been taken to hospital after his bicycle collided with a car on a busy North Staffordshire junction. The boy - who has not been identified - was involved in a collision with a VW Beetle shortly after 8am this morning at the junction between Hardingswood Road and Liverpool Road East in Kidsgrove . He sustained 'multiple injuries' in the collision although paramedics do not believe they are serious. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 8.12am to reports of a collision outside Kidsgrove Working Men's Club between a cyclist and a car. "One ambulance attended and a boy was treated for multiple injuries. He has been taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital." Police officers are currently on the scene. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We were called to reports of a road traffic collision on Liverpool Road, at the junction with Hardingswood Road. "The incident involves a cyclist and a VW Beetle. A 10-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with … [Read more...] about Boy, 10, taken to hospital after collision between push bike and car
Hospital bosses in South Tyneside are inspiring the scientific workforce of the future Katherine Jones and Britney Jarvis are blazing a trail for female NHS biomedical engineering apprentices with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust The Trust - and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust - is promoting Healthcare Science Week to celebrate and raise awareness of healthcare science and holding events, in partnership with the University of Sunderland, where school pupils can find out more about careers and the university courses available.Nineteen-year-olds Katherine and Britney are believed to be two of only three young women currently on the NHS biomedical engineering apprentice programme in the region. Katherine is in the third year of the four-year apprenticeship and Britney is in the second year.Their job involves maintaining and managing medical equipment - simple nebulisers for respiratory patients to sophisticated technology used in patient monitoring and life support. Both … [Read more...] about Female engineers making things happen at South Shields hospital
An NHS trust governing three hospitals has been found to be "good" in its first ever full inspection by a health watchdog. The Care Quality Commission inspectors found the care at Frimley Park Hospital was "outstanding" and "good" at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot. The community inpatient service at Fleet Hospital was also deemed to be "good" after the inspections in November and December 2018. Inspectors visited the maternity and surgical services department at the three hospitals, and also gave leadership and use of resources reviews a "good" rating. The inspectors noted: Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey has approachable leaders and that patients said they were treated well and with kindness. Wexham Park Hospital was praised for compassionate patient care, good support for patients in pain and good adherence to infection control management. Heatherwood Hospital inspectors had good patient outcomes, kind and attentive staff and good cleanliness. … [Read more...] about Hospitals NHS Trust deemed ‘good’ in first ever full inspection